Brussels attacks

Belgian Police Detain 12 Suspected of Planning New Attacks

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS, June 18 – Belgian police arrested 12 people suspected of planning new attacks after about 40 houses were searched across the country overnight, the federal prosecutor’s office said on Saturday. Europe is on high security alert, with the Euro 2016 soccer tournament underway in neighbouring France, after Islamist suicide bombers killed

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Belgian Police Alerted to Daesh Fighters En Route to Europe

BRUSSELS, June 15 – Belgian police have received an anti-terror alert warning that a group of Daesh fighters recently left Syria en route for Europe planning attacks in Belgium and France, a security source said on Wednesday. The Belgian crisis centre in charge or coordinating security responses said that an alert had been circulated to all

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Alienation Grows in Brussels District that Bred Paris Attackers

By Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS, June 1 – When Moroccan-born former boxer Mohamed Idrissi orders a young man out of his gym for smoking, the respect is tangible. The youngster stubs out his cigarette and leaves, head bowed. Inside the gym, the muted thud of leather gloves striking punchbags resumes. Idrissi’s influence goes beyond his

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Raided Belgian Cell Had Possible Targets in Second City Antwerp

BRUSSELS, May 26 – A suspected Belgian Islamist group raided on Wednesday had potential attack targets in Belgium’s second city of Antwerp including the main railway station, a source close to the investigation said on Thursday. Belgian police searched eight homes on Wednesday, mostly in the port city, and detained four teenagers who were charged

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Brother of Brussels Suicide Bomber Set for Rio Olympics

BRUSSELS, May 21 – Mourad Laachraoui, the brother of one of the Brussels suicide bombers, has won gold at the European Taekwondo Championships and is now set to compete for Belgium at the Olympic Games in Brazil. Older brother Najim, 24, was one of two suicide bombers who blew himself up at Brussels Airport on

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Paris, Brussels Attackers: What Is Known So Far

BRUSSELS, April 14 – Following the Daesh attacks in Brussels on March 22, below is a list of principal suspects and, in some cases, their links to the Nov. 13 Paris attacks: * Khalid El Bakraoui, 27, Belgian, blew himself up on a metro train at Maelbeek station. He was handed a five-year prison sentence for

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Brussels Bombers Had Planned New Attack in France: Prosecutors

BRUSSELS, April 10 – The planners behind the March 22 bombings in Brussels which killed 32 people had initially planned to hit France for a second time but struck closer to home as investigators made arrests among key suspects, Belgian prosecutors said on Sunday. Investigations into the Nov. 13 Paris attacks which killed 130 people

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Last Main Brussels and Paris Suspects Held, Threat Remains

By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS, April 10 – The main identified suspects in Daesh attacks on Paris and Brussels are now dead or in custody after Belgian investigators charged two men on Saturday with aiding last month’s Brussels suicide bombers. But while pleased with the performance of Belgium’s hitherto much criticised security services, Prime Minister Charles Michel warned

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Belgium Holds Four People on Terrorism Charges

By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS, April 9 – Belgium’s public prosecutor on Saturday charged four people with being part of a terrorist organisation, including a man suspected of helping prepare the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. They added it was still not clear whether the man, Belgian Mohamed Abrini, was also suspected

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